Book Haul|| June.

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Hey!

I made it the entire month without buying any physical books! I’m not counting e-books, because sometimes I can’t control myself when it comes to those e-book deals LOL. Even though I didn’t buy any books, I did get some Fall ARCs from Fierce Reads and Little, Brown Books/The Novl in the mail this month. I didn’t get the chance to take pictures of my books for the blog and bookstagram, but I put the book covers from Goodreads below. You can check out all the books I own over here. There’s also links on that page to my Kindle books and my physical books. I need to update the lists, it’s been a couple months. Enough rambling, here is my June book haul.

Books from Fierce Reads:

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A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney (September 2018)
Wilder by Andrew Simonet (November 2018)
Black Wings Beating by Alex London (September 2018)
Unbroken by Marieke Nijkamp & Other Authors (September 2018)

I am really stoked that Fierce Reads sent me a package with some Fall ARCs, because I am really looking forward to these. They’ve all been high on my list of books that I want to read.

Books from The Novl:

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Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert (August 2018)
The War Outside by Monica Hesse (September 2018)

I am also really excited that I was sent these two books from The Novl. I read Brandy Colbert and Monica Hesse’s other books and enjoyed them, so I can’t wait to read their new books. Finding Yvonne was signed too! There was a note included that said they appreciate me always sending in my reviews, so they wanted to give me a signed copy of Finding Yvonne. That was really cool!

Hopefully I’ll be reading all of these all soon and reviews to come. 🙂 I also have some ARCs from July that I will hopefully read ASAP and get those reviews posted as well. I need to play ARC catch up. Life has just gotten in the way these last couple months. I’m thinking of doing a post (or page on my blog) of all the ARCs and books that I need to read and review. I’ve posted about them in haul posts before, but I think it’ll be nice to have a post to go back to and check the books off of as I read and post the reviews for them.


E-Books:

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Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
To the Bridge by Nancy Rommelmann
The Temptation of Adam by Davis Connis
Hate List by Jennifer Brown

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Top Ten by Katie Cotugno
Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West
All Out by Saundra Mitchell & Various Authors
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Okay, so there were a ton of e-books on sale this month that I’ve been really wanting to read. I couldn’t resist getting them. Like the Temptation of Adam, I have been dying for that book to go on sale. I already own a physical copy of Circe, but it was on sale so I decided to just get it because I feel like I’ll finally finish it if I have the e-book (weird logic, I know lol). My hold at the library was at like number 60 in line and I want to finally get it finished before the end of July. I own The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto too, but Mitch Albom is one of my favorite authors and I have all his books on e-book (and physical) so when I seen it on sale I couldn’t pass it up. 😛 I still haven’t read it either, which hopefully I will soon.

What books did you get this month? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your posts so I can check them out!

In case you missed it;
Travel|| Topeekeegee Yugnee (T.Y.) Park.
Friday Finds #73.
Book Tag|| Mid-Year Freak Out.

I hope you have a great day!

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Random|| Life Update.

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Hey!

So I think I am battling a reading slump, which totally sucks! I was flying through books this month. I was making pretty big progress with my June TBR (check it out here). I read seven books (most were graphic novels) and then finished another that I had started in May. That’s eight books I read at the beginning of this month and I read them so fast too and I think I burned myself out, to be honest. My current read Love, Hate, and Other Filters goes back to the library in SIX DAYS and I am not anywhere near to finishing it, because I haven’t been in the mood to read. I am really enjoying it too and that makes it worse, in my opinion.

I also have things happening in my life that are taking over brain space. My mind is elsewhere. I’ve even neglected finishing some school stuff, ugh. I have a lot of things that need to happen in such a short amount of time. I try to stay composed though and realistically, I probably brush off a lot of important things. If things don’t make me happy or things I don’t want to do, then I tend to ignore doing those things for as long as possible. I also have this mindset that whatever happens, happens. I mean, that’s a pretty good mindset…to an extent. It’s good for things that are not really in your control. What’s happening now was totally in my control…

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I am a huge procrastinator, not going to lie. Example: I’ve known I was going to be moving for probably almost a year now and I have done nothing to move the process along to make it go more smoothly. I have three months now and….I’m fucked? Everyday I procrastinate things and then things happen that are no longer in my control and my trusty (not full proof, by the way) motto pops into my head “whatever happens, happens”. So when I say my mind is elsewhere, it’s on what the heck am I going to do about moving?

Where? How? How much is this going to cost? Savings? What savings? Things come up and there goes the savings. What about all the crap the hubby and I own? We own so much damn stuff, ughhh. What happen to minimalism this year? I had plans to toss pretty much all our stuff this year… <— I put that idea to the side and decided i’d come back to it later the next day after thinking it. I have four animals, who’s going to rent to someone with three cats and a dog? I’m sure there is ways around this, but I get paranoid they’ll find out and then we’ll be screwed. BLEHHHH. Life.

What about work? I am socially awkward (hence my blog name) and I also have MAJOR social anxiety…so the fact that I have to talk to my boss about potentially moving away but still REALLY wanting to keep my job is freaking me the hell out. I have the type of job that I can do it from home if needed. I have panic attacks thinking about this. If he says no, then we have to stay here; in this expensive city that realistically we just can’t afford anymore. Or if my boss says no and we still move to the cheaper city that I really want to move to, what am I going to do about a job? I can’t talk to people. SOCIAL ANXIETY SUCKS. I can’t handle finding a new job. Even thinking this is a possibility is scary as hell!

So what do I do when I can’t handle things? I pretend this is all a non-existent thing in my life and go about my life; doing whatever it is that I want to do instead of what I NEED to do. Sometimes I like to think I work harder (maybe even better) under pressure or a deadline, because I literally have no other choice but to do the work now that there is no time to stall or that word again…procrastinate. That’s not a good way to go about life either, by the way. Everything is a lot easier when you give yourself time to actually do things instead of trying to do a million things in a short amount of time on top of your regular life stuff. It only drives you crazy.

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I honestly had no intentions of this post to turn out like this. I was actually going to tell you guys I was in a reading slump and then post pictures that I took while at the park with my sister a couple weeks ago. I am so tired of adulting. Not that I really do much of it aside from pay my bills on time. That’s probably the only thing I got right as far as this adult thing goes. Sometimes I buy vegetables. I think I rambled way too much and I think I needed to just vent this all somewhere.

Anyway, this is part of why I’ve been so MIA on here. It’s also what kick-started this reading slump. I have so many things I need to figure out. I also need to figure out how to get over my fear of talking to my boss, because I really need to do it ASAP. The sooner the better, especially because we need to do know if we’re staying or going. Enough of that though. Here’s a lens ball picture of me that my sister took. I was taking a picture of her taking a picture of me through the lens balls, lol.

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I’ll share all of my other pictures soon. I have some from when my sister and I went to a park. I also have some from when we visited our dad and we went to another park. And then a TON more from the last 2.5 months. I’m sorry if I continue to be a little less active for awhile. This post pretty much explains why and also what my life is going to be like the next few months trying to figure all of this out!

In case you missed it;
Book Tag|| Mid-Year Freak Out.
Thoughts|| Be Prepared.
Thoughts|| All Summer Long.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

 

June TBR {Maybe}.

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Hey!

I am so bad with sticking to TBR lists, but I decided to make one for this month because I have a pretty good idea about what I want to read this month. I’m dedicating this month to a lot of graphic novels and hopefully will also have time for some other books as well. I have quite a few graphic novels that I own that I finally want to read.

Graphic Novels:

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All Summer Long by Hope Larson
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer
Maus Vol 1 & 2 by Art Spiegelman (2 to read)
Saga Vol 2, 3, 4, 5 by Brian K. Vaughan (4 to read)

I already read Saga Vol 2 & 3 yesterday and I am currently reading All Summer Long right now. I was able to get volumes 4 & 5 of Saga from the library, but I will eventually be buying my own copies. I love the series so far. I’m nervous about Wires and Nerve, because I didn’t really like the Lunar Chronicles all that much.

Other books if I have time:

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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (Library)
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (Library)
Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed (Library)
Circe by Madeline Miller

If I have some time this month, then I hope to read these four books and I also want to finish Circe as well. I still have the second half the book to read, but I ended up putting it on hold for now. I’m just not as into it as I thought I would be. I was able to get the e-books from my library, so hopefully I’ll get around to reading some of them before they get returned. The books on this list are books that I have been DYING to read, so I am hoping to get to at least a couple if not all.

This is a pretty big TBR, but I am hoping since I am reading a lot of graphic novels, I’ll be able to fly through them. I read Saga Vol 2 & 3 in one day and I probably could have read 4 & 5 yesterday as well if I hadn’t started something else. 😛 So we’ll see what happens!

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What’s on your June TBR? Have you read any of the ones on my list? Any that you think I should read ASAP?

I hope to catch up with your posts and reply to comments later today or tomorrow if I don’t have time today. 😀

In case you missed it;
Photo A Day|| May 25-31.
Wrap Up|| May.
Book Haul|| May.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Book Haul|| May.

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Hey!

I have a pretty small book haul, which is kind of a good thing! My e-book haul on the other hand, that is a little big, lol. 😛 I’m just going to jump right into my haul! You can check out all the books I own over here. I updated my lists last week. There’s also links on that page to my Kindle books and my physical books. Anyway, here are the books that I got this month.

Books I Bought:

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Puddin’ by Julie Murphy
Maus I by Art Spiegelman
Maus II by Art Spiegelman

So happy that Puddin’ is finally out in the world! I have been dying to get my hands on it since I heard there are a Dumplin’ sequel. I wan’t wait to dive into it. I read Emergency Contact this month (which I may have a review coming up) and the MC talked about Maus and how it changed her life and made her want to be come a writer. So I looked it up and I ended up buying the graphic novels, so I can read them.


Books from Publishers & Authors:

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Fire & Bone by Rachel A Marks

I did an Instagram tour/giveaway for Fire & Bone, so the author sent me a copy so I could be apart of that. It sounds really good and I am stoked to read it.

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Not Even Bones by Rebecca Shaeffer (Netgalley)

I said I wouldn’t request any books on Netgalley for awhile, but when I read the description of Not Even Bones, I had to do it. It sounds so good and right up my alley. At first I actually didn’t request it, but when I was browsing Netgalley again it jumped out at me again, so I did it.


E-Books:

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Words on Bathroom Walls by Julie Walton

So many of these e-books I have been waiting for them to go on sale and finally they did, so my e-book haul is pretty big! I am super stoked for every single one of them.

What books did you get in the month of May? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul posts if you have one!

I’ll have my wrap up posted in the next couple days. I am hoping to have Circe finished before then, but I’m not sure that will happen since I still have the half of the book to read. I didn’t get much reading done this weekend like I wanted to do.

In case you missed it;
Photo A Day|| 15-24.
Photo A Day|| May 7-14.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

 

Top Ten Tuesday|| Favorite Color Book Covers.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover (or In the Title).


Hey!

The topic for today is books with my favorite color on the cover (or in the title). This is a fun topic this week! My favorite color is PINK. I pretty much love all shades of pink. These ten books are books that I have not read yet, but really want to read. Some of them I own and some of them I don’t own yet.

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Dreamology by Lucy Keating
The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

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We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
A Messy, Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan
The Falling Between Us by Ash Parsons
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

I am hoping to read The Falling Between Us and Emergency Contact this month. And of course I would love to read all of these books at some point this year. I’ve owned Dreamology and The Wrong Side of Right for awhile now.

What’s your favorite color? Have you read any of the books on my list? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out!

In case you missed it;
Photo A Day|| May 1-6.
Wrap Up|| April.
Top Ten Tuesday|| Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleypink

 

Random|| Quick Update.

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Hey!

I haven’t updated in a week (so bad of me, ugh), but thought I would do a little update of what’s happening.

I started to watch this show on Netflix called “Wentworth” and honestly it has taken over my life. Think of Orange is the New Black but 100 times better and a lot more serious. It’s a UK (or Australian) show I believe and I swear, they make the best shows. I even stumbled upon this meme and seriously…this meme is everything and speaks so much truth, haha.

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I am LIVING for this show. I thank my younger sister for telling me about it. I’ve been watching a half a season to an entire season in a day. Last Friday I kid you not, I stayed up until 5AM just to finish season three, lol. I highly recommend checking out Wentworth though, especially if you like OITNB. In my opinion it’s so much better than OITNB though. I don’t even know how I will be able to go back to OITNB after this.

I also went back to rewatching 7th Heaven again. I took a break from my rewatch, but am now back on it because I don’t want to watch every single episode of Wentworth (there are five seasons currently on Netflix) yet. I’m not ready to be done with them yet, so I’ve been switching between the two, lol. I think there is another season coming out this year though!

What else has been taking over my time you ask? How about the new mobile Harry Potter game that was just released. It’s so fun! Professor Snape hates me and I suck at potions class. I think he just intimidates me and I freak out and can’t do it correctly, haha. Because you basically do the same actions for flying class and for charms class and I am perfect at those. WTF!? UGHH. I still love the game though. I do hate that you have to wait for you energy to fill back up though. That’s about my only complaint.

I’ve also been back to playing Animal Crossing Pocket Camp a lot more on my phone again. So that’s also taking up some of my time. I go through stages where I’ll play it all the time and then not play it much at all. Now I’m back to all the time. There is also trying to squeeze in school reading and tests as well. I’ll have to do another lesson this weekend and it’s a long lesson. YIKES! I’m sure it’ll be fine though. I’ve gotten an A on all of my tests and currently still have a 4.0. 😛

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So many things are taking up my time right now, so I haven’t been reading as much as I want to. With not reading very much, it also means I haven’t really been blogging very much. I hope to catch up with your blogs and finally catch up with some of these tags I’ve been tagged to do. OH HEY! There’s a picture of Leaf cuddling with me while I read. I’m currently reading The Radium Girls and it’s so crazy and also so sad. 😦

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Check out the Goodreads Description below:
The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War. Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” are the luckiest alive — until they begin to fall mysteriously ill. But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women’s cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America’s early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights that will echo for centuries to come.

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Outfit of the day! There was this bird dress I seen on Amazon and it was calling my name for over a month. I finally decided I had to have it. I got it a couple of weeks ago and finally wearing it today! I’m pretty much living for this dress  It’s a really loose fitting dress, which I like. I’m wearing black leggings as well. I have some black tights, but I like how it looks with the leggings too.

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Last but not least, hands down, my favorite picture I’ve taken with my 60mm lens ball! I am so proud of this picture, haha. I haven’t had the chance to take my lens ball out anywhere cool quite yet, but I took this one in my backyard. We have a really tall palm tree back there and this shot came out so perfect! 😀 I can’t wait to actually go to some fun places and try out my two lens balls. I am hoping to try to go to the beach and try it out sometime.

That’s all for my little update! Sorry I haven’t been that active on here this week. Hopefully next week is a better week. I should hopefully have a ton of reviews to post soonish, because I have a ton of books that I need to start reading that I need to do reviews for. That’s a plus! And tags, I need to get to my tags! Book haul post soonish and April wrap up too.

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| Hot Mess.
Book Tag|| 20 Questions.
Random|| Picture Update.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Book Tag|| 20 Questions.

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Hey!

I was tagged by Lilly from Lair of Books to do the 20 questions tag. Go check out Lilly’s blog! Her blog is one of my favorites to read and she’s super cool! I am so far behind on doing tags (I have a ton of drafts started, so I know what tags I need to do), so hopefully this will get me in the mood to finally catch up on all those tags!

The Questions:

How many books is too many books in a book series?

+ This is a tough one, because it all really depends on the series. I think I’ll go with five books. I think after that then it’s usually a bit much. I do love the Falling Kingdoms series so much though and that’s six. 😛

How do you feel about cliffhangers?

+ I have a love/hate for cliffhangers. I love them because they are usually really crazy and leave me a wreck. I hate them because if the series isn’t already completely published, then I have to wait until I can read the next book. The wait almost always kills me more than the cliffhanger.

Hardback or paperback?

+ Hmmm….I guess I’ll choose hardback for my official answer. They are a lot prettier and look nicer on my bookshelves. I do love paperbacks though, they are a lot easier to read, not as heavy lol.

Favorite book?

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+ Psycho by Robert Bloch. I loved this book so much. I love that they made a TV show based on Norman Bates (Bates Motel). I actually think this is a series too, but I never got around to reading the other books. I would love to get my hands on copies of them though and read them.

Least favorite book?

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+ This is a tough question, because I’m not really sure what I would say is my least favorite book. Here are five books that I either gave a 1 or 2 stars to.  The Curse Keepers, The Last Star, The Shock of the Fall, Illuminae, and We Were Liars. Unpopular opinion with Illuminae, but oh well. It was not my jam. I think a lot of people loved We Were Liars too, but I thought it was so boring. I don’t even want to get on the topic of The Last Star, UGHH.

Love triangles, yes or no?

+ No thanks. I find them a bit annoying.

The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

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+ The last book that I could not finish was I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn. I couldn’t get into it. It was boring. I didn’t like the characters.

A book you’re currently reading?

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+ I am currently reading Hot Mess by Emily Belden and also Member of the Family by Dianne Lake. I am hoping to have both of these books finished this week.

Last book you recommended to someone?

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+ The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. I told my sister she needed to read it, because it was just so crazy and disturbing.

Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

+ The oldest book I read was The Day Boy and the Night Girl by George MacDonald. It was originally published in 1882. It’s actually one of my favorite stories too.

Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

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+ The newest book that I read was Love & Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves. It actually doesn’t get published until May 15, 2018. The newest book I read that is already released though is Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes.

Favorite author?

+ I’m going to go with Mitch Albom and Rick Riordan for this one. So far I have really enjoyed all of their books that I’ve read. They are also some of my auto-buy authors.

Buying books or borrowing books?

+ I like buying books, but I don’t mind borrowing them. I usually check out e-books and audiobooks from my library a lot.

A book you dislike that everyone else seem to love?

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+ A Court of Mist and Fury. ACOMAF was not the greatest and also why I don’t even know if I can pick up another Sarah J. Maas book again, to be honest. It was boring a lot of the time, Feyre was annoying AF, Maas messed Tamlin up BADLY. LIKE WTF? It was like he was a completely different person than he was in the first book. Feyre did so much in the first book for her love with Tamlin and then it was completely thrown out the window in this book like it didn’t mean anything. I’m just confused by the entire thing, to be honest. What was the point of ACOTAR? ACOMAF took everything from the first book and threw it out the window. It just shouldn’t have ever existed with what she did with ACOMAF, to be honest. Such a disappointment, because I absolutely loved ACOTAR. I don’t know if I will be continuing the series or not. Haven’t decided.

Bookmarks or dog-ears?

+ Bookmarks! I feel guilty even accidentally messing up any of the pages in my books. I probably have like 100+ bookmarks.

A book you can always reread?

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+ Harry Potter series or the Razorland series. I love these two series so much. I am in need of a Harry Potter reread ASAP.

Can you read while hearing music?

+ Not usually. I lose focus on the story if I do. I like complete silence. I discovered this group called Sparrow Sleeps and they do lullaby covers of some of my favorite bands/songs. I end up singing along (even though there are no words), haha.

One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views)

+ I prefer one POV. Sometimes multiple POVs annoy me, especially if there are a TON of them. I read a book once that had like seven POVs and I ended up hating the book. I better connect with the characters when it’s only one. Maybe even two. With the exception of the Falling Kingdoms series….Morgan Rhodes made it easy to connect with all of them. It seems like Falling Kingdoms is the exception for everything. LOL.

Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

+ Rarely do I ever read a book in one sitting. I am not going to lie, I get distracted a lot (stupid iPhone). So I’ll read some pages, scroll through my phone, read some pages, scroll through my phone, etc. So I usually read over multiple days. There have been a handful of times where I have read books in one sitting though.

A book you’ve read because of the cover?

+ Almost all of them? LOL. Not going to lie, I tend to only look up books if I see a cover that I really love and then I’ll go check out what it’s about. I know that’s bad, haha. But I am guilty of this 9 out of 10 times.


I Tag:

I’ve seen a lot of you already did this tag, so I won’t tag any specific person. If you want to do this tag though, please feel free to link me to your posts so I can check them out! 🙂

In case you missed it;
Random|| Picture Update.
Thoughts|| Invictus.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack